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How to Toast Quinoa Flour

Author - Alyssa Rimmer

How to toast quinoa flour - a step-by-step tutorial | simplyquinoa.com

If you’ve read even just a few of the baked good recipes here on Simply Quinoa, then you know that I love using toasted quinoa flour. Toasted quinoa flour has a wonderful nutty quality to it, that really enhances the flavor of recipes. With the recipes on the site, you can always opt to use untreated quinoa flour, as the texture remains the same, but the taste of the finished dish will vary slightly.

Why toast quinoa flour in the first place?

The main reason why I choose to toast my quinoa flour is for taste. Quinoa flour has a very bold flavor, almost grass-like and a little bitter, that sometimes can overpower a recipe. I have found that with a gentle toast, the flavors balance out and helps make quinoa flour even more versatile.

And the best part? Toasting quinoa flour is really easy!

How to Toast Quinoa Flour

This is my preferred method for toasting quinoa flour because of the consistency in flavor. While it does take a little bit of extra time, it’s worth it. I recommend making a big batch and storing for later use.

Ingredients:

1 lb bag of quinoa flour

 Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. Pour quinoa flour onto a baking sheet, spread to form a thin, uniform layer.
  3. Bake on the center rack for 1 hour, mixing flour around every 20 minutes to prevent burning.
  4. Cool completely before using or storing.

How to Toast Quinoa Flour (the speedy way)

Sometimes you’re craving some pancakes and you just don’t have time to wait to toast your quinoa flour in the oven – I totally get that! For those of us who are short on time, here’s a quick way to toast quinoa flour on the fly. I will say, I don’t find the flavor to be quite as good with this method. It’s still delicious, but the oven method has a softer more balanced flavor.

Ingredients

½ cup quinoa flour

Instructions

  1. Heat dry skillet over low heat.
  2. Add quinoa flour and toss until toasted, 5 – 10 minutes.
  3. As quinoa flour begins to toast, toss around fairly frequently to avoid burning.
  4. Cool completely before using.

Storing your Toasted Quinoa Flour

Many people believe that quinoa flour should be stored in the fridge or freezer as it tends to go rancid. I haven’t found that to be the case in all my years of cooking with it, but it all depends on the climate that you live in. I like to store my quinoa flour in a cool dry place, usually in a lower cabinet in my kitchen, or a pantry. Lower cabinets tend to be cooler since the heat in your kitchen will rise.

If you are new to cooking with quinoa flour, I recommend trying the storage method above, but make sure to smell the flour before using it to see if it has gone rancid. If you find that your quinoa flour is spoiling in your cabinet, store it in the fridge or freezer. When stored in the fridge or freezer, make sure to allow the flour to come to room temperature before baking with it!

My favorite recipes using toasted quinoa flour:

High-Protein Quinoa Bread

Banana Bread Muffins

Vegan “Peanut Butter” Quinoa Chocolate Cake

Banana Quinoa Waffles

 Pumpkin & Spinach Flatbreads with Goat Cheese

 

 

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  1. I am confused. I was searching for a method to make quinoa flour from quinoa. I now see “toasting quinoa flour”. How do I merely make the quinoa into quinoa flour so I can use it for your recipes? Also, can quinoa flakes be made into quinoa flour per food processor? I love this web site but I am new to quinoa 🙂

    • Hi there! You can grind quinoa into a flour, but it won’t be the same as the flour you buy at the store so I’m not sure it can be substituted 1:1 in the recipes. Since the flour you make at home (in your blender for example) won’t be as fine as the flour that is ground in a flour grinder, the texture is a little off. I like to use ground quinoa flour to make a porridge actually!

  2. I’ve been trying to find a hack for the quinoa bitterness for a while, so I’m really glad i found your blog. What’s hilarious is i was indeed looking for a quick fix as I was craving pancakes todAY so imagine my excitement when I read your blog. Thank you for the hack <3 Will let you know how it turns out. Best,

  3. HI! You can use the “flour” you make by toasting the quinoa and blending it into powder, like you do for your classic hot breakfast porridge/cereal right? I found that recipe years ago and have used it many days ever since, back when you went by the “queen of quinoa!” Thank you for that and for sharing your wealth of health knowledge.

  4. Hi,
    I am dairy, gluten, and soy free! i try to eliminate as much sugar as possible.My biggest problem is a flour substitute. I don’t love coconut flour. Do you have a one to one substitution that has quinoa flour? I have been surprised that I haven’t found one. Any thoughts are very appreciated!
    Thanks

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